We all know….the Yankee offense has been struggling. Three of the four games against the Mets they scored only a single run. In addition, they had NO walks in the last three games of the Subway Series. Since Martin Riggs highlighted the Yankees base-clogging issues early last week, the Yankees have fallen from 10th to 13th in the American League, with a .307 team OBP.

If we take a quick look at the chart below we can tell that overall the Yankees are swinging at more pitches this year than they have over the past 3 seasons- including more pitches outside the strike zone (O-Swing%). They actually have the 4th highest O-Swing% in the AL, behind the Astros, Angels and Royals.

Yankee Team O-Swing% Z-Swing% Swing%
2010 26.20% 63.70% 43.40%
2011 27.90% 63.80% 43.60%
2012 29.30% 65.70% 45.00%
2013 30.80% 65.20% 46.40%

Another interesting note is that the percentage of first pitch strikes the Yankees are seeing is over 2% higher in 2013 than it was during the past three seasons. Clearly, opposing pitchers are more intimidated by A-Rod’s girlfriends than facing the Yankee’s “B” Team lineup. Once we see the return of some of the higher OBP and more dangerous hitters these numbers should improve.